Ararat Golden Gateway Festival names Daryl Lowerson as its King for October 2017 event: full festival program

ARARAT’S Golden Gateway Festival has named Daryl Lowerson as its King.

Mr Lowerson said he felt totally humbled and proud to have been asked to fulfill this role.

“I have been a resident of Ararat for the past 39Yrs,” he said. 

“My partner Julie and myself have raise and educate five children in this wonderful Rural City of Ararat and we share five wonderful grandchildren, who unfortunately do not reside in Ararat but we spend as much valuable time with them when they visit or we go to visit them

“During this period, I have worked full time in the gas service industry and have had the great delight of meeting and working with the residence of Ararat and surrounding areas.”

Mr Lowerson said he became a member of the Ararat Musical Comedy Society along with his daughter Natalie in 1990 and became part of Cast in Fiddler On the Roof.

“I fell in love with stage performance and have been an active member serving on committee and president on a number of occasions, working alongside a group of dedicated people to produce and perform in a number of shows over this period,” he said. 

Mr Lowerson is also a long member of the Ararat Beef and Burgundy Club and his other interests include socialising and travel.

The Golden Gateway Festival will kick off with School’s Day on October 20 at 10am at Alexandra Gardens, featuring an interschool push cart and human powered vehicle challenge.

Later that evening will be the Ararat Golden Gateway Opening Ball at the St Andrews Hall, Barkly Street with doors open 8pm.

The Ararat Gold Dig will take place on October 21 and 22 at Green Hill Lake Reserve starting from 8.30am.

The Festival Variety Concert will be on October 22 at St Andrews Hall at 2pm.

Christian’s Ararat Mystery Bus Trip will be on from 10am-3pm on October 24.

Chally’s Bar & Bistro Festival Lunch with the King and Queen will be on October 27 from 12-2pm.

The Moyston Cemetery Walk will meet at McDonald Mausoleum at 2pm on October 28.

Billy Cart Racing on Barkly Street will start at 9am on October 29. The festival will then conclude with a parade down Barkly Street at 11.30am.

For more information, contact Melissa Perry on 0409 253 276.

Program of events

October 20

Golden Gateway Festival School’s Day

Friday 20th October 10.00am Alexandra Gardens

The focus of this year’s event shall be the interschool push cart and human powered vehicle challenge to take place in the Alexandra Gardens.

Ararat 800, Ararat North, Ararat West and St. Marys plus guests Stawell West Primary school shall be taking part the primary schools push cart challenge.

The schools are currently constructing their push carts for participation in the event, where teams of students shall take part in a gruelling endurance and action sprint races.

A fun filled picnic is planned with a range of entertainment to ensure the students shall enjoy their Golden Gateway Festival school day.

This shall include the ‘crowning of the King’ and ceremonial performing circus.

The interschool push cart and human powered vehicle event is being kindly being supported by Gason Engineering, with the Central Grampians LLEN, Pacific Hydro, and Ararat Rural City supporting ‘picnic in the park.’

Golden Gateway Festival Launch

Friday 20th October  

Proudly sponsored by Ararat Y’s Menettes Catering.

The reception to introduce the Queen Quest Entrants and their partners, along with committee members, Judges, Officials and Major Sponsors and also to thank all volunteers. 6.00pm - 7.30pm sharp

Ararat Golden Gateway Opening Ball

Friday 20th October

The Ararat Golden Gateway Festival will begin with the Opening Ball at the St Andrews Hall, Barkly Street.

The 2017 Festival Queen will be announced and the Coronation Ceremony will be performed by 2016 Queen and Official Party.

Band performing this year is “No Mistake”.

Tickets are $35.00 available from Melissa Perry 0409 253 276.

Everyone welcome to attend. Doors open 8pm

October 21

Ararat Gold Dig

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October

Green Hill Lake Reserve, Ararat

MAJOR PRIZE: 2 x Metal Detectors.

There will be three sessions held across the weekend, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Presentations will be at 1.30pm on Sunday.

Participants will search for tokens strategically placed on each dig site, while there is the possibility of finding real gold in the area.

All tokens found from each session will be collected and entered for overall champion.

There will be many other prizes to be won over the weekend.

Rules and regulations are to be adhered to by all participants.

Entrants are required to supply their own metal detectors.

The event is fully catered for all meals over two days, breakfast from 8.30am Saturday.

Camping is also available from Friday night. Major sponsors include Mine Lab, Coiltek, PMAV, Golden Gateway Festival, Ararat Y’s Men’s Club and Lyal Eales.

For more information on the event or for any queries, please contact John Gladdis 0488 600 092 or Sally Perry 0419583623

An event not to be missed.

October 22

Ararat Golden Gateway Festival Variety Concert

Sunday 22nd October

2.00pm St Andrews Hall, Barkly Street Ararat.

Admission $2.00 Children under 12 free

Featuring local Artists, both children and adults.

The concert is showing musical talents and dance of both young and older generations.

Come as a group or by yourself and witness local talent in a great atmosphere.

Better still come with friends and family and see the homegrown talent that Ararat and surrounds have to offer.

Contact Daryl Chaplin 0439525529

October 23

Mary North Memorial and Club Pool Championship

Monday 23rd October

Sponsored by Harvey Norman and Golden Gateway Festival Nominations accepted before Tuesday 11 October, $5.00 entry to be paid at Leopold Hotel.

All entry fees donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital in memory of the late Mary North.

B grade qualifying rounds will be held on Monday 23rd October: players to meet at the Leopold Hotel by 6.45pm where they will be advised where they play.

A grade qualifying rounds will be held Tuesday 24th October: players to meet at the Ararat Hotel by 6.45pm where they will be advised where they play.

Finals will be held on Thursday 26th October at the Leopold Hotel at 7.00pm.

Any inquiries please contact Ararat 8 Ball on Facebook or Matt Wilson 0497 215 589

October 24

Christian’s Ararat Mystery Bus Trip

TUESDAY 24th October

10.00am - 3.00pm Christian’s Bus Company would like to welcome you aboard our luxury coach for a relaxing tour.

We will depart from our depot in Barkly Street Ararat 10.00am.

Cost is $16.00 and includes 2 course meal.

Everyone welcome.

Bookings are essential Andrew Smith 0419 539 733 Murray Woods 0418 671 095

October 25

Ararat Junior Fire Brigade

Wednesday 25th October

5.00pm – 7.00pm Inviting children of all ages to a Meet & Greet night.

Join us at the Fire Brigade running track, Elizabeth Park opposite McDonalds.

Come and see what we are all about. FREE BARBECUE.

Enquiries: Shaun 0419 560 615

October 26

Small Bore Shoot Ararat

Thursday 26th October

7.30pm – 8.30pm

Small Bore Air Rifle Association 26 Albert Street, Ararat. Nominate Handicap. 20 metre indoor target shoot.

Contact Paul Hogan 0407 330 705

Sashes donated by Ararat Golden Gateway Festival Committee.

New shooters welcome.

October 27

Chally’s Bar & Bistro Festival Lunch

Friday 27th October.

12.00pm – 2.00pm Golf Links Road Ararat.

Come along and enjoy a wonderful lunch with our King and Queen.

A trophy is provided for the largest group of people who attend from one business, organisation or community group.

Lunch Specials $8.00 - $16.00 – kid’s menu is available.

Bookings are essential 5352 4297

October 28

Cemetery Walk - Moyston

Saturday 28th October

2.00pm Meet at McDonald Mausoleum

Come along and hear about the early history of Moyston, the people and events, including

Alex McDonald, Daniel Sullivan, Robert Mason, Daniel Smith, Fred Homburg and more.

Free event. Souvenir booklet $5.00

(A project of the Ararat Genealogical Society- Ph. Marion McAdie 53524199 b.h.)

October 29

Billy Cart Racing

Sunday 29th October

9.00am. Races will be conducted before the procession in Barkly Street.

Hosted by the Ararat Y’s Men’s Club, sponsored by Coiltek.

Please read instructions carefully and wear protective clothing.

Parent or Guardian permission is needed.

Golden Gateway Festival 2017 Parade

Sunday 29th October

Proudly sponsored by Saines Lucas Solicitors


Float Prizes:

Best Children $150.00

Best Sporting Club $150.00

Best Community $150.00


Ararat Showgrounds

Enquiries: 0438 096 454


Beginning Edith Cavell Reserve, Barkly Street, continues along Barkly Street, left into Vincent Street, Campbell Street, Blake Street, and finishes in the car park Russell T. White Showgrounds.

To be eligible for prizes entries must be received by 2pm Friday 27th October.

Entries to Wilf Dickeson 5352 5880 or Bryan Kennedy 0459 020 912

Festival Committee reserves the right to combine categories if sufficient entries are not received.

All children who participate in the parade will be given free entry into the Ararat Show if accompanied by a paying adult.